verb (used without object)
to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow; shine lustrously.
a glistening; sparkle.

before 1000; Middle English glis(t)nen (v.), Old English glisnian, derivative of glisian to glitter; see -en1

glisteningly, adverb
unglistening, adjective

1. glimmer, gleam, glitter. Glisten, shimmer, sparkle refer to different ways in which light is reflected from surfaces. Glisten refers to a lustrous light, as from something sleek or wet, or it may refer to myriads of tiny gleams reflected from small surfaces: Wet fur glistens. Snow glistens in the sunlight. Shimmer refers to the changing play of light on a (generally moving) surface, as of water or silk: Moonbeams shimmer on water. Silk shimmers in a high light. To sparkle is to give off sparks or small ignited particles, or to send forth small but brilliant gleams, sometimes by reflection: A diamond sparkles with numerous points of light. Unabridged
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glisten (ˈɡlɪsən)
1.  (of a wet or glossy surface) to gleam by reflecting light: wet leaves glisten in the sunlight
2.  (of light) to reflect with brightness: the sunlight glistens on wet leaves
3.  rare a gleam or gloss
[Old English glisnian; related to glisian to glitter, Middle High German glistern]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. glisnian, from P.Gmc. root *glis- (cf. O.Fris. glisa "to shine"), from PIE *ghleis-, from base *ghlei- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see gleam).
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Example sentences
Plovers skitter along the glistening zone on beaches where the waves lap at the shore, foraging for insects and invertebrates.
The glistening celadon green urn creates a cool, eye-catching fountain on a rear terrace.
Cleaned squid should be firm, have a mild aroma, and be white and glistening.
The glistening veil was actually a sheet of water rising from the rocky floor.
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